About a month ago, I was reading a few different craft blogs and kept seeing the same book everywhere- Big Little Felt Universe. The cover instantly caught my attention. There's just something about apples and felt that makes me get really excited. So I decided to look into this book.
One of the first project pages I saw was the camping set. Yes, that's a campfire and a lantern and a s'more made from felt. Clearly, this was my kind of book!
(above book photos courtesy of this great blog)
Then I laid my excited eyes on this photo. Bamboo, african violets, and a cactus. Really, who wouldn't want these lined along their windows? No watering needed! So I placed my order and waited for my book to arrive. It took a week and then the package arrived. The only downside was I was about a week and a half away from Spring Bada Bing.
I really needed to focus on that show so I had to put my new favorite craft book aside.
Luckily, this past weekend, I was able to try my first felt project from the book. I knew it would be a plant, I just couldn't decide which one. In the end I went with the African Violet.
All the projects in the book are hand sewn, so you can really work on them everywhere. Which is exactly what I did. I took the leaves to work to sew during lunch, worked a little on the flowers outside, and constructed the pot in the wee morning hours in my craft room.
Oh, and did I mention that you can take the plant out of the pot? This kills me. How cool is that?
Here's my newest plant soaking in a little sun in the bedroom.
Up next, I'm leaning towards the cactus. But first I'm planning on making two more of these for two lucky people for gifts. I really loved sewing three dimensionally with the felt. I usually do flat work, (with the exception of my owls) and liked the feeling of building something you could use or give to someone to play with or just feel.
There's over 70 projects in the book and I doubt I'll make all of them, but it's definitely inspiring!